us that the U.S. has closed its embassy in Yemen to the public
, amid turmoil in that country following the resignation of pro-Western President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Yesterday, a CIA drone strike in Yemen killed three al-Qaeda militants
. The New York Times calls
this recent attack “a signal that the United States will continue its counterterrorism operations there despite the apparent takeover by Houthi fighters.”
Meanwhile, Foreign Policy considers
how the U.S.
will proceed with counterterrorism operations in Yemen
, now that we will not be able to rely on the assistance of U.S. trained Yemeni special forces.
The Associated Press informs us that today, President Obama
leads a delegation of U.S. officials to Saudi Arabia
, where they will pay their respects to the late King Abdullah and congratulate the new King Salman. Among others, the trip includes current Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and James Baker, former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft, Sandy Berger, and Stephen Hadley, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ).
The Times points out
that the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef
as Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia may indicate a shift in the country’s foreign policy toward a more “assertive” international role
Although Kurdish troops claimed yesterday that they had taken full control of the northern Syrian border town of Kobani
, fighting with the Islamic State continues today outside of that city. Reuters has
Meanwhile, while training Kurdish troops in Iraq, Canadian special forces
have over the past few days engaged in three firefights with Islamic State militants
. The Washington Post notes
that “the incidents come as the United States and its partner nations in the campaign against the Islamic State grapple with how much danger to expose their troops to while advising Iraqi and Kurdish units.”
The Wall Street Journal reports
on the “failings” of the CIA mission to arm moderate Syrian rebels
Yesterday, jurors in a federal district court convicted
former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling
of nine criminal counts related to his disclosure of classified information to New York Times
reporter James Risen. The Post has
the story. Yishai Schwartz shared
the news here at Lawfare
Charlie Savage of the Times shares
2007 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)
orders that enabled the National Security Agency (NSA) to, before obtaining judicial sanction, collect from U.S. networks the emails and phone calls of foreigners. The rulings demonstrate the legal basis for such surveillance
prior to the passage of the Protect America Act.
The Wall Street Journal describes
the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s new license-plate tracking program
At 3 AM on Monday, a recreational drone flew over the White House lawn
before crashing near the “southeast corner of the property.” Although the vehicle’s operator claims he did not mean to direct it over the White House grounds, the incident “exposed a security gap... that the Secret Service... has so far been unable to fix.” The Post shares
Meanwhile, fighting in eastern Ukraine
continues. According to a Kiev military spokesperson, rebels have killed nine Ukrainian servicemen over the past day. Reuters has
According to the Times
, the U.S. is putting pressure on Thailand
to lift its martial law
. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel R. Russel traveled yesterday to Bangkok, where he “delivered harsh words to the junta.”
Breaking Defense offers
five rules that U.S. lawmakers can use in evaluating defense spending
The Post reports
on Loretta Lynch
, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, whose confirmation hearings to become the U.S. Attorney General begin before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare
the opening of a week-long hearing in the military commission case, United States v. Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi
He also flagged
the Chief Prosecutor’s statement on the case.
video of a Harvard University event, featuring a discussion between Bruce Schneier and Edward Snowden.
Raha Wala analyzed
the underlying policy debate surrounding the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Yishai Schwartz noted
two pieces of spy news.
to posts by Steve Vladeck and Raha Wala regarding the “Close Guantanamo” debate.
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